(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Confederate order regarding "slaves serving . . . without written authority from their masters." 3 pages including folding printed form, 8 x 5 inches, signed in type by S. Cooper as Confederate adjutant and inspector general as General Orders No. 59 from his office; 5 punch holes in inner margin; inked "Rebel Archives" stamp on first page. Richmond, VA, 12 May 1863
A Confederate order reminding officers that "It is the duty of adjutants to enquire into and report to this office all cases of slaves serving with their respective regiments, without written authority from their masters." This was done to ensure that owners were being properly paid when their enslaved people were doing Army work, even if suddenly requisitioned --and that the owners would NOT continue to be paid if the slaves returned home, or defected to the Union lines.
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